Zachary T. Sampson, General Assignment Reporter

Zachary T. Sampson

General Assignment Reporter

I'm a general assignment reporter, which means I cover pretty much anything depending on the day. Think of me like a super utility player. Local, state, national, crime, weather, politics, and so on. I'm fascinated by where we're from -- how places shape us and how we shape them. I aim to tell stories that matter to you now, or will, or should. One day that might involve a police horse that paints, another how county officials spend your tax dollars. I'm from Rhode Island and will talk to you about it. I've coached youth baseball -- yes, the loud one. Okay, maybe I was checking the score on my phone under the table. I'm sorry. Call me with anything. I'm friendlier than my face suggests.

A year since Hurricane Michael, what’s left of Mexico Beach?

Peggy Wood, center, attends a community announcement with Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, right, in Mexico Beach in September. DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD  |  Tampa Bay Times
The Wood family presses forward with plans to rebuild the Driftwood Inn amid a changing town.

Hurricane Michael left a Florida ‘ghost town.’ See the before/after pictures.

Mexico Beach, one year anniversary of the landfall of Hurricane Michael. Douglas R. Clifford  |  Tampa Bay Times
One year later, Mexico Beach is still recovering from the Category 5 storm.

Gov. Ron DeSantis scoffs at Trump impeachment talk

Gov. Ron DeSantis addresses citizens of Mexico Beach Thursday at city hall. Douglas Clifford  |  Tampa Bay Times
The Florida leader, a Trump ally, says Washington should “focus on issues that really matter.”

Pasco firefighter, wife and infant daughter injured in Hillsborough car crash

His infant daughter suffered life-threatening injuries, officials said.

Dorian renews anxiety in Florida Panhandle, with Hurricane Michael’s wounds still fresh

Homes lay in ruins one week after Hurricane Dorian hit The Mudd neighborhood, in the Marsh Harbor area of Abaco, Bahamas. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano) Fernando Llano  |  AP
Panic set in before the storm hit the Bahamas, followed by a familiar heartache.